Sunday, July 24, 2022

Cancer Death Rates in the Far Western U.S.

The six-state Far Western U.S. region cancer accounted for 89,869 deaths in 2020, a death toll that represented about 14.9% of the 602,350 cancer deaths that year in the United States as a whole.  At 158.8 deaths per 100,000 population, the 2020 cancer death rate in the Far Western U.S. was more than 13% lower than the national average.  In fact, every state in the region, except for Oregon, recorded a cancer death rate that was lower than the national average in 2020.  A closer review of state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about cancer death rates in the Far Western U.S.:

Cancer Death Rates in the Far Western U.S.

Cancer Death Rates in the Far Western U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Alaska 1,043 731,158 142.7
California 59,778 39,368,078 151.8
Hawaii 2,519 1,407,006 179.0
Nevada 5,450 3,138,259 173.7
Oregon 8,283 4,241,507 195.3
Washington 12,796 7,693,612 166.3
     Region 89,869 56,579,620 158.8
U.S. 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

(*) number of cancer deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on July 23, 2022

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